gideon case

gideon case

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  • Clarence Earl Gideon, spent most of his adult life as a drifter committing minor crimes to survive. In the 1960’s he was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor, which is a felony under florida law.
  • I live the hard knock life.
  • He could not afford an attorney. When he asked the judge for one, he was denied.
  • Sir, you must represent yourself.
  • But i ain't eduamacated.
  • Gideon lost his case and was sentenced to 5 years in prison where he wrote a letter filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the Florida Supreme Court.
  • Prison stinks.
  • The Florida supreme court, denied him so he wrote a letter to the supreme court of the united states.
  • I'm going to write a letter to the Supreme Court.
  • We should hear this mans case.
  • The supreme court agreed to hear the case to resolve the question of whether the right to counsel guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution applies to defendants in state court.
  • The court ruled that the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of counsel is a fundamental right essential to a fair trial and, as such, applies the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. WHich ultimately resulted in many other cases being brought up again and reviewed again. As well as now, no matter the state of residency of an individual, if they can not afford an attorney one will be appointed for them.
  • I will represent you if you can not get representation for yourself.
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